SAR helicopters being told to not help MRT in certain conditions.
I have previously heard rumours of these "problems" but have dismissed them as "teething" problems with the new contract. NOT SO!
Basically the SAR heli's are being told to not help in removing deceased persons from the hills, leaving it all up to the legwork of the MRT.
Also once an "active" casualty is flown off the hill to say a waiting ambulance at the bottom of hill, the SAR if they have time DO NOT fly back & remove the MRT from the hill. Thus leaving the MRT again with a long trek off, which means they are "unavailable" for any immediate callout & are more knackered for the next one.
The people criticised are not the SAR heli's crews as it is the "rules" being laid down upon them from the other "agencies" who also "dispatch" the heli's.
Full info here:-
"Following a discussion by LMRT team leader with the ARCC, he was told that ‘unfortunately they would not be able to deploy a helicopter to assist due to [Civil Aviation Authority] regulations’."
“We have previously been informed that the search and recovery of presumed-dead casualties is an unacceptable risk to aircraft, crews and SAR passengers."
"Cairngorm MRT members were left at a remote site near the Shelter Stone Crag after a helicopter airlifted the casualty to hospital. The team was left with an 11km walk back to base with all their technical equipment."
"In a recent rescue, ARCC would not authorise a Tayside MRT request to mobilise a helicopter until it received a police incident number, leading to a delay in deploying the aircraft, iSMR said."
This one the heli pilot told ARCC to "get stuffed" effectively:-
"While Lochaber MRT members were preparing to be airlifted to Knoydart to recover the body of walker Ian Stalker, the crew was ordered by ARCC not to undertake the mission but ignored the controller’s instructions and flew the rescuers out to the remote site and helped brought the deceased walker back."
Sorry, but I have removed my initial personal comments in this last section….it just makes my blood boil...!!!
Edited 2 times. Last edit at 08.57hrs Sat 3 Nov 18 by SnowmanDave.